{Awayland}

Villagers - {Awayland}
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #238 / 955
User Score
Based on 42 ratings
2013 Ratings: #266
January 14, 2013 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

Far from falling under the weight of either expectation or ambition, {awayland} is a far more magnificent progression from Jackal than any of us could have hoped for.

90
musicOMH

There are many treasures to be found here, with the songs positively fizzing with a gleeful ingenuity. 

85
The 405

It's a leap into the great unknown, and it rips up the singer-songwriter rulebook in favour of something far more ambitious, even when at its most straightforward.

70
NME

Where there was tension and urgency, now there’s bigger, poppier and probably more commercially viable folk songs that don’t quite pack the same punch.

70
Consequence of Sound

{Awayland} assumes an endless pallet of instrumental exploration while still remaining easily digestible.

60
The Fly

O’Brien’s voice is beautiful and his songwriting often adventurous, but there are times when the aim isn’t as true as it could be. 

60
No Ripcord

When there’s opportunity to expand the experimental bubble further, they turn inwards and revert back to what is comfortable. 

55
Pitchfork

{Awayland} rarely comes across as false, but O’Brien's affinity for cleverness over clarity ensures it rarely comes across in any real way.

FinalLifeline
76
This one surprised me. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. While it isn't an incredibly exciting release, it is ambitious, melodious, and enticing. It does have a lot of lyrical trip-ups, it seems, as sometimes a strange lyric will tear you away from the soundscape itself. However, that aside, this is a playful folk album taking cues from both Bon Iver and tUnE-yArDs. If weird folk is your thing, give this thing a spin. It might surprise you too.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#26/MOJO
#85/musicOMH
#95/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. My Lighthouse
  2. Earthly Pleasure
  3. The Waves
  4. Judgement Call
  5. Nothing Arrived
  6. The Bell
  7. {Awayland}
  8. Passing a Message
  9. Grateful Song
  10. In a Newfound Land You Are Free
  11. Rhythm Composer
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